DARPA Revolutionizes Prosthetics: How and Why?
By Judith Philipps Otto
Times change. Perceptions change. Once upon a time, not so long ago, only a relatively small ratio of the population had experienced limb loss or amputation, and only a few dedicated manufacturers and individuals with limited resources focused on...
Johns Hopkins Unveils Proto 2
By Mary Rose Roberts
Scientists develop upper limb that promises 27 degrees of freedom.
PowerFoot: The Next Step in Ankle-Foot Prostheses
By Laura Calverley
Herr Garth Stewart, a retired Army specialist, lost his left foot andpart of his leg four years ago while serving in Iraq. This summer,24-year-old Stewart tested the PowerFoot, a new powered ankle-footprosthesis developed by researchers at the M...
iPed: One Step Closer to Human Function
By Karen Henry
The iPed has a full anatomical 70 degrees range of motion (ROM), and muscular replicating resistance characteristics throughout that range of motion, to provide appropriate movement independent of the ambulated environment. Photographs courtesy of...
Ben Quinn's Competitive Spirit
By Sherry Metzger
On a near perfect summer day in the extreme-sports playground ofLake Tahoe, California, 22-year-old Ben Quinn was found screamingfor help in a vineyard. A morning of skydiving with a friend endedin tragedy after a miscommunication between the two...
Facility Accreditation: The Time Is Now
By Donald O. Fedder, DrPH, FAPhA, BOCO
Most readers are aware that in an effort to limit fraud andabuse, 1 Congress has directed the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) to sharpen requirements to billMedicare. Primary among those requirements is that practitionersmust be cert...
Fabricating Custom-Molded Shoes
Custom-molded shoes, although not always a major part of an O&P practice's revenue stream, can be an important adjunct to securing the confidence of crucial referral sources and clinics. They can be a small but critical investment, which makes it...
Passion Found, Hard Work Begins
By Kristin Carnahan
As I start my second year in the master of science inprosthetics and orthotics (MSPO) program at the Georgia Instituteof Technology (Georgia Tech), it is exciting to think back to whereI was just a little more than a year ago. I graduated in 2000...
Fire Destroys Challenged Athletes Office The main office of the Challenged Athletes Foundation(CAF) in San Diego, California, was destroyed by fireSeptember 22, causing several hundred thousand dollars in damages,according to the San Diego Union-...
Policy & Practice
Hospitals Look to Exclusive Arrangements
By John Latsko
It should come as no surprise that manyhospitals have tried to reduce their costs by entering intoexclusive or semi-exclusive discounted contracts with theirvendors. Medicare pays hospitals for inpatient care under aprospective payment system that...
Face to Face
Five Questions for John P. Galbraith, CPed
Having worked for nearly 30 years in the field of pedorthics and orthotics, John P. Galbraith, CPed, has plenty of odd and unusual stories. "Don't get me started," Galbraith says.
AOPA National Assembly Hits the Jackpot in Las Vegas
By Brady Delander
What happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas.
Progress on Parity
ACA Expands Advocacy Department
By Morgan Sheets
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) has experienced a greatdeal of success in advancing prosthetic parity at the state level.In order to take this fight to the U.S. Congress, the ACA hired anew staff member to help coordinate the outreach and o...
Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Running an O&P shop gets more complicated eachyear. Whether you have Medicare billing or reimbursement questions,a Medicare policy question, or you just need help finding aresource, count on Got FAQs? to help you get the answers youneed.
A Single Word Can Change Everything
By Karen Henry
Can't has been a very good word for the O&Pprofession. Rather than setting the stage for restriction andlimitation, can't is setting a brand newstage - one in which the impossible is being challengedhead on. Unwilling to be defined by what current...
Designed and manufactured by Anatomical Concepts Inc. and
available from PEL Supply, the new 650 Tri-Planar®
PRAFO orthosis combines the sagittal and coronal plane
adjustment features of the dual-action orthosis with the transverse
plane adjustment never previously offered with a
The coronal plane adjustment adjusts for varus/valgus of the
foot/ankle complex. The orthosis is secured and fully adjustable to
accommodate all anatomical parameters. The sagittal plane
adjustment adjusts for the plantarflexion/dorsiflexion of the foot
ankle complex. The transverse plane adjustment adjusts for
internal/external rotation of the foot/ankle complex.
PEL Supply Company
At Velocity Labs, we've had experience manufacturing
AK and BK double wall sockets
since 1998. Both double walls can be used with standard expulsion
valves and high-vacuum socket systems. BK double wall
systems are great for protecting the sealing sleeve and
allowing for a full-skin cosmetic finish. AK systems separate the
brim design from the mode of suspension, so the seal is not lost
during sitting or volume fluctuations. Check out our website for
information on all of our products from central fabrication to
LimbLogic" VS provides reliable, controllable,
and quiet vacuum suspension. Key features include easy, inline
mounting in a prosthesis, "set and forget" intelligent monitoring
of vacuum pressure, remote-control operation, and water-resistant
The system's vacuum pressure is adjustable from 0 to 20 inHg.
Practitioners can program LimbLogic VS with vacuum
settings. Once programmed, LimbLogic VS will
monitor a socket's vacuum pressure and maintain secure, comfortable
suspension of the prosthesis. This technology allows users to
maintain the proper amount of vacuum without continual adjustment.
The controller simply runs when needed.
Ohio Willow Wood
New from Endolite, the TT PRO perfectly
balances shock absorption and energy management.
- Energy-efficient coil spring for vertical compression.
- New torsion rod provides 30 degrees of rotation each direction
from neutral position.
- New bearing surface responds over a greater range of the stance
- Instant compression at heel strike and smoother energy return
- 30mm pylon and clamp option available.
Why wait two or three weeks when you can have it now? OPTEC
introduces its new EZStep AFO leather gauntlet
services, offering a 72-hour standard turnaround, with next-day and
second-day fabrication also available. The new EZStep
AFO continues the pattern of innovation and excellence
catered to your needs.
Our EZStep AFO features unsurpassed
craftsmanship; a premium leather outer shell with a soft,
comfortable, padded leather lining; and multiple closure systems
for easy donning and doffing. The EZStep's custom
fabrication combines incomparable comfort with unparalleled
control, helping to make each step easier than the last.
SPS customers will love the new Contour" TLSO
from Aspen Medical. The Contour provides a single
spinal bracing system applicable to patients of any size, shape, or
Contour Back Panel + QuikDraw PRO" + RAP (R, L, or XL) +
Shoulder Strap + Chest Panel = Contour TLSO
- One measurement needed to size patient, then simply overlap the
ends of the QuikDraw" and compress by pulling the tabs.
- Rigid layer of support. Depending on the motion restriction
desired, choose either 18-in. or 15-in. back panel height.
- Multiple braces in one minimizes stocking requirements, keeping
When durability and performance are key deciding factors,
consider Ossur's new Mauch® Knee Plus,
developed to accommodate the needs of users requiring a higher
weight limit (up to 366 lb.).
- New cylinder attachment delivers a lower tolerance
- State-of-the-art bearings contribute to smoother motion and
- Protected by rubber covers, front and back, the aluminum frame
combines strength with an attractive new design.
- Extension stops added to the frame prevent hyperextension and
increase the cylinder's lifetime.
The Trautman Variable Speed Bench Carver comes
complete with a durable one-quarter horse power, 115-volt input, AC
60Hz, 3400 RPM variable speed, brushless motor, and a programmable
speed controller to provide the best results possible. This
lightweight model features automatic thermal overload, adjustable
height and tilt, a height extension of 10 in., and Trautman
position locks. This unit can be bench or vise mounted, with the
base pre-drilled for ¼-in. hold-down bolts.
The Trautman Bench Carver is great for
satellite offices or bench work, and the motor is maintenance
CascadeLabs, a division of Cascade Orthopedic Supply, was
recently named by Ohio Willow Wood as its new West Coast
central fabrication source for users of the
OMEGA® Tracer® System, making
CascadeLabs one of three authorized OMEGA fabrication sites in the
The latest OMEGA Tracer software release, version 10, features
an expansion of clinical functionality with AFOs, insoles, and
custom breast prostheses using the new OMEGA Scanner. If your
facility has access to the system, select CascadeLabs from the
drop-down menu when submitting your model online.
Cascade Orthopedic Supply
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Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
(NUPOC) would like to congratulate the students in
its first blended learning program on their September 28, 2007,
NUPOC is proud to continue its tradition of offering the finest
possible education in orthotics and prosthetics, using a
combination of traditional clinical training and the newest
distance education technologies.
Applications are being accepted for the Spring 2008 term
beginning in February.
For information or to apply, please see our web site at www.nupoc.northwestern.edu
Advance Footwear encompasses a complete range of footwear from
the new Advance Walking Comfort Footwear line to
the original Advance Orthopedic and Advance Comfort Footwear lines.
SoleTech has engineered these innovative shoes to offer features
and benefits that are unequaled - depth, roominess, and style.
Advance Walking Comfort Footwear features an
incomparable level of comfort, while the styling rivals that of
today's best walking and comfort shoe brands. When your patient is
looking for the best combination of athletic styling and comfort,
Advance Walking Comfort Footwear can meet all of
Dycor's ADL-LCD Lisfranc/Chopart Energy Returning
Foot provides maximum flexibility and resiliency, strength
of attachment, and anatomical support of hindfoot, with minimum
weight (12.5 oz. with foot shell, 26cm med) and socket clearance
(3/8 in. including foot shell).
The forefoot is horizontally split into five segments to
maintain the same degree of forefoot flexibility regardless of
medial and lateral shift of the floor reaction. Integrated carbon
fiber "tie-ins" around the heel portion of the keel are epoxied
directly to the end of the socket, forming a stronger lap joint
between the heel segment of the keel and the prosthetic socket.
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- We are not a broker, buyout fund, or corporate CPA.
- We are well-funded, experienced, and focused on creating a
great patient care company.
- Free practice evaluation.
- If you are interested in finding a partner to run the business
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Weighing in at only 12.5 oz., Dycor's Dynamic Response
Extra ADL "E" Foot is ideal for wearers who require more
stability than a flexible keel with articulated ankle, and where
resiliency is preferred. The optional aggressive gait management
(AGM) torque absorber provides appropriate yield and return for
moderate-level extra-ambulatory activity. Available in uni, bi, or
triaxial with low (½-1 in.) and medium (1-1½ in.)
heel-height options. Weight includes an integrated EVA foot
The new Black Iron Trainer is a lighter version
of the heavy-duty, high-performance Black Iron Master. While the
Black Iron Trainer is smaller and lighter in
weight, it is capable of handling the wide range of handle
diameters that are encountered in modern fitness and exercise
The completely manual operation and positive locking and
unlocking design provides uncompromising security and stability for
bench pressing, dumbbell flys, dead lifts, pull-downs and more. The
Black Iron Trainer, with a load-rating of 440 lb.,
also carries a smaller price tag than its larger cousin.
The Dycor ADL-FDS Foot features functionality,
durability, and simplicity. The foot is segmented horizontally into
five layers. The titanium foot adapter is integrated into the
advanced composite keel, minimizing socket floor clearance. The
heel portion of the keel (posterior to the adapter) is a flexible
urethane-fiberglass composite, which deflects to cushion heel
Patented and patent pending.
The ContexGel Knee Sleeve can be used for BK
amputees as a suspension sleeve or as a sealing mechanism for a
vacuum shaft. The anatomical shape is maintained through a 3mm
material thickness, and it stays elastic.
Sewing with four needles eliminates posterior pressure and
offers a more comfortable fit. The abrasion-resistant Streifeneder
Polymer Gel (SPG) allows easy handling for donning and doffing.
ContexGel Knee Sleeves are available in sizes
SXXL. Measurements can be taken at MTP or proximal and distal 17cm
up and 17cm down for MTP.